Joe Root’s captaincy has been under immense scrutiny in the wake of England’s failure to reclaim the Ashes. Australia thrashed England by 185 runs in the fourth Test to not only take an unassailable 2-1 lead but also retain the Ashes. This is the first time Australia will leave England without losing the Ashes since 2001.
England could also see their four-series winning streak at home against Australia come to an end if they fail to win the final Test. There have been calls from several quarters to sack Joe Root as captain. Joe Root’s captaincy has really been unimpressive so far. Barring the series win against India at home last year, he does not have much to boast about his captaincy.
Earlier this year, England also lost to West Indies. Joe Root had also failed to retain the Ashes in 2017-18 following the 4-0 thrashing in Australia. But amidst all these, outgoing England coach Trevor Bayliss has insisted that Joe Root is under ‘no pressure’ as captain.
“He’s not come under question from anyone making any decisions,” Bayliss said. “He’s under no pressure at all.”
Root’s batting has not helped his cause either. England’s batting mainstay has failed miserably in the series. In four Tests thus far, he has registered three ducks. His batting failure is perhaps one of the reasons why England have not really managed to challenge their Ashes rivals.
Speaking on Root’s form, Bayliss said:
“Everyone goes through periods where they don’t score as many runs as they’d like. I think the Australian team have bowled pretty well to him, so we’ll see how things go further down the line.
“From my point of view, he was our premier batter and the Australians always try and target the opposition captain. He’s played well when he’s got starts and I don’t see too many problems.”
Meanwhile, Bayliss’ four-year tenure with England will come to an end after the Ashes. He has already signed up with Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and will be seen sitting in the dugout again next year.